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Today's News

  • Mike MacKenzie named Firefighter of the Year

    An area firefighter was honored, not only for his duties in the field, but also for his humanitarian efforts in the community.

    Mike MacKenzie, volunteer firefighter for the Fanning Springs Fire Department, was named as this year's Firefighter of the Year for Levy and Gilchrist counties.

    “We're proud of him, not only for his involvement in the community, but he's also been the catalyst for the fire department to be involved in the food pantry and Bread of the Mighty,” Fanning Springs Fire Chief Ron McQueen said.

  • Heroic efforts of Basham and Sullivan honored

    Twenty police officers, firefighters, EMS professionals and other first responders were recognized for their meritorious service or heroic efforts recently. Levy County Department of Public Safety Paramedic Cody Basham and Levy County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandin Sullivan were two of the 20 individuals recognized.

    The Second Annual 97.3 The Sky First Responder Valor Awards were held June 18. 97.3 The Sky recognizes outstanding First Responders in local communities for heroic acts performed during the daily duties of their profession.

  • Iron Butts for Bucks benefits nursing home residents

    A small caravan of motorcycles made its way through the Tri-County area on Friday, handing out checks to area nursing home residents.

    Led by Iron Butts for Bucks coordinator Brad Groom, the group gave out $160 checks to two residents at each of the five nursing homes. The recipients were long- term residents chosen by nursing home staff as being in need of the donation.

    The donation amount may not seem significant to most people, but some of the residents are living on about $35 per month, Groom said.

  • Bronson's Blueberry Bonanza

    Young and old alike came out Saturday to celebrate with the town of Bronson as it paid tribute to the blueberry harvest.

    From a parade down Highway 27 to the town park, festival goers enjoyed a day of celebration. 

  • Busing cessation draws SRO crowd at school board

    People came out in droves for a standing room only school board meeting to express their concerns over the end of transportation provided by Levy County for Yankeetown area students to Dunnellon High School.

  • Atheists sue county for denying bench

    A local group of atheists that was twice denied permission to place a bench on the Levy County Courthouse Forum close to a Ten Commandments monument has made good on its vow that the fight was not over.

  • Chiefland City Commission agenda for June 22 meeting

    The Chiefland City Commission meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall at 214 E. Park Ave. 

    For more information, call 352-493-4796.

     

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for June 20-26

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    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest 35th Boulevard for intersection improvements into Butler Plaza.

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Possible daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

  • FWC to consider final black bear rules next week

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet June 23-25 in the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. All sessions are open to members of the public who want to attend.

    The half-day session Tuesday, June 23, starts at 1:30 p.m. and focuses on strategic discussions on:

    • The Florida panther – Staff will give a status report on panther conservation and management for Commission discussion and policy direction.

  • FWC data show increase in bear population

     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced today updated estimates of the Florida black bear population. These initial numbers are now available for two of the FWC’s Bear Management Units (BMUs) and result from the statewide study occurring during 2014 - 2015.